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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Creativity with Kerpoof

Posted by Computing for Kids on September 22, 2010

What is it? Kerpoof is an easy to use, free online creativity program.  Students can make storybooks, pictures, cards, and even movies.  With a beautiful array of backgrounds, props and characters to choose from, students are only limited by their imagination.  It is simple to learn and best suited to upper elementary school students.  Teachers create an account to manage student work.  Students can share their work by saving it to the class Kerpoof account, or to their computer as a JPEG file.

Why use it? Kerpoof will inspire students’ creativity as it offers a new way for students to demonstrate what they know.  The option to publish work and share it with an audience outside the classroom walls is highly motivating for students.

Kerpoof Scholastics offers teachers lesson plans and ideas for using Kerpoof in the classroom.  Additionally, it cross references each of their activities with state and national standards.

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